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Santiago de Compostela is the medieval centre of Galicia and also the capital of the region. It has been declared Cultural Heritage of Mankind, and is the finishing point of the Christian pilgrims´ roads (Caminos de Santiago) to the tomb of the Apostle St. James.
In the early 9th century, Bishop Teodomiro of Iria, discovered the tomb of the Apostle Saint James. Kings Alphonso II and Alphonso III built churches and founded the Antealtares and Pinario Monasteries. The worship of St James made the Moorish chief Al-Mansur distrustful, so he set fire and razed Compostela, taking the bells to Cordoba.
Later on, the pilgrimage reached its peak and Alphonso VI commenced work on the Romanesque Cathedral in 1075. Some years later, count Ramón de Borgoña and Diego Gelmírez promoted the work on this and other churches. The city grew and the population even revolted against Queen Urraca and Gelmírez in 1117. In spite of everything, the "Calixtine Codex" refers to the city as "the Apostle´s sublime city, filled with every kind of charm . . . so it is regarded as the happiest and most distinguished of the Spanish cities".
In 1211 Master Mateo and his school finished the Cathedral. The Middle Ages, not always peaceful, were coming to an end. The Renaissance arrived with the reign of the Catholic Monarchs and one of the first works of this period is the Royal Hospital, today a splendid hotel. Moreover, Archbishops of the Fonseca family left an indelible trace by founding the University, paying for the Cathedral´s splendid cloister and building Fonseca College.
The Baroque period restored the historical city, the cathedral, churches and monasteries, and left them almost exactly as they are now. The century-old tradition and Santiago´s contribution to the formation of Europe have lately brought the city international recognition. Thus Santiago has been declared World Heritage, and the Road to Santiago has been acknowledged as the First European Cultural Route and a World Heritage site. The calls for European unity coming from Santiago give clear proof of its transcendental role. All this, and the fact that it is the capital of the region, predict a promising future for Santiago.
Population: 95,966 (2016)
Elevation: 260 m
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Walk the Camino de Santiago! This version of our Camino de Santiago is designed for independent travelers who would like to walk the last 100kms/62 mi of the Pilgrimage trail with baggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation...
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A gastronomic food tour in the Old Town of Santiago de Compostela. An excellent option for those who would like a lunch tasting various Galician fine wines paired with delicious, freshly made tapas.
On this private excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full-day tour of the Southern most coast of Galicia then over the border to Northern Portugal...
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On this private day tour excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full-day tour discovering Low Estuaries and walking along the wild Atlantic coast visiting ancient Celtic Ruins, small fishing villages, etc...
On this excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full day tour to Lugo and the Catedrais Beach
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On this excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full day tour to Cape Finisterre and Costa da Morte (Ezaro, Muxia, Muros...)
On this excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a full day tour discovering the Lower Rías Baixas...
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On this full day excursion from Santiago de Compostela you will enjoy a fantastic tour discovering Rias Altas: San Andres de Teixido, Ferrol, Coruna...
On this guided wine tour from Santiago you will visit the wine country of Ribeiro. Ribadavia is in the interior of Galicia surrounded by mountains and vineyards. Walk around the beautiful medieval old quarter and visit the local winery Casal de Arman...
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On this wine tour from Santiago follow down the coastline. Pass through small fishing villages making a stop at the remains of a breathtaking Celtic Hill-fort and not forgetting to enjoy a gourmet seafood lunch with Albariño wines...
Here are the top 10 recommended hotels of Spain & Portugal selected by our tour specialist in all the destination we offer hotels within these countries. After many years of exploring and experiencing the "Best of the Best" we would like to share our knowledge with you to make your next trip an unforgettable journey!
One of the best spots to stay in Santiago just a short walk to the Cathedral and easily accessible. The hotel is housed in the Convent of San Francisco, which dates back to the year 1214, and located in Santiago de Compostela’s historic city centre, only 150 metres from the Cathedral.
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A Quinta da Auga is a boutique hotel, with a Spa and restaurant to discover the luxury and the gastronomy of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. The only Relais & Châteaux Spa-Hotel in Galicia. A charming hotel option when staying in Santiago.